Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


Positioning technology for industrial and automotive markets

21 March 2018 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

ublox has announced its F9 technology platform, delivering high-precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multiband global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high-precision algorithms and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimetre level. The company sees F9 as paving the way for the next generation of high-precision navigation, augmented reality and unmanned vehicles.

The platform will underpin the next wave of ublox positioning modules targeting mass market industrial and automotive applications. It uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time.

Standalone ublox F9 solutions robustly achieve metre level accuracy, but to achieve centimetre level accuracy, the platform offers optional on chip real-time kinematic (RTK) technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services, taking RTK high-precision positioning to mass markets.

Optimised for low power consumption, the ublox F9 platform sets a high standard for security with built in jamming and spoofing detection systems that protect against intentional and unintentional interference. Dead reckoning technology based on inertial sensors extends high-precision performance to otherwise challenging urban environments.

Automotive applications of the technology include lane level navigation for headup displays and vehicular infotainment systems, as well as for vehicle to everything (V2X) communication, a prerequisite for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles.

In the industrial realm, ublox F9 will enable mass adoption of commercial unmanned vehicle applications including drones and ground vehicles such as heavy trucks or robotic lawnmowers.

For more information contact Andrew Hutton, RF Design, +27 (0)21 555 8400, andrew@rfdesign.co.za, www.rfdesign.co.za



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